Tony Duffin: We want to see decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ireland should aim to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of drugs within five years, a State-funded drugs policy group has recommended. At(...)

The vast majority of primary schools – just over 90 per cent – are of a Catholic ethos. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Ombudsman for Children says Government plans to partially lift the “Baptism barrier” will end up discriminating against children seeking access to(...)

Senator Lynn Ruane said volunteers she had encountered had taken into account the personalities of the homeless people they met. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has criticised remarks about homelessness made by Eileen Gleeson, director of the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. (...)

Alan Kelly  said his party leader Brendan Howlin has  his support but  there has to be “a dramatic change in how our support base is responding to us”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour TD Alan Kelly has given his leader Brendan Howlin less than six months to improve the party’s fortunes, as he warned that “dramatic change” is (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “If High-Vis Varadkar had a favourite meal, it would be fresh sod and (video) clips.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The name change passed us by, but since Leo took over as party leader it seems that FG now stands for Fluorescent Government, with High-Vis Varadkar e(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said there were at least 30,000 cases involving tracker mortgage issues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The senior bankers who caused the tracker mortgage scandal were described as a “shower of bastards’’ by Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in the Seanad on Th(...)

Mr Mullen was not present at the time of the Seanad debate on Tuesday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has described remarks made by Independent Senator Ronan Mullen about Savita Halappanavar as “distasteful and offensive’’. (...)

Brendan  Howlin has to rely on experienced, well-known political figures in an attempt to maximise seats. Photograph: Mary Browne

Many have yet to come to terms with the new politics but the Labour Party has struggled more than most. It has yet to figure out its place i(...)

Aedín Andrews (20), a zoology student at Trinity College Dublin. ‘Education isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. We have got to start making it more affordable and accessible.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The election manifesto pledge is crystal clear: free school books for all children and a primary school system free of any charge or contribution. So(...)

The bank has said the move is part of an ongoing upgrading of machines and was prompted by a blatant lack of interest in the service - less than one per cent of customers select the Irish language user option. File photograph: Getty Images.

Bank of Ireland’s decision to phase out some of its Irish language ATM services has been criticised for abandoning a section of the public despite hav(...)

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